Thousands of mallards are milling over the Mississippi River bottoms now, a sure indicator spring is at hand–a good 30 days earlier than we’ve seen in the past 10 years. Dad always used to say “ducks fly by the weather, geese by the calendar”. This is an absolute truth! God’s creatures have intuition far beyond the most astute meaty urologist. They know seasonal change is at hand. this morning we got a dusting of snow. The River is on the rise, and should reach minor flood stage by Feb. 27. This wouldn’t be the case if the northcountry wasn’t shaking off winter. This will mean its time to spend a little time trout fishing. last year the Miss stayed outrageously high throughout the summer and into the fall. This condition persisted into winter–a major reason we will soon see minor flood stage on pool 9. Weather in the upper Midwest in the next month or so will profoundly impact fishing at least until mid summer. Will April showers arrive in March? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. The ducks believe this is the case. They will continue to push north as weather permits.